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Poster: Tyler Date: Feb 9, 2014 1:18pm
Forum: audio Subject: The Race to Save America's Public Media History A new archive is trying to digitize thousands of hours of tape from TV and radio stations across the country—before those tapes disintegrate.

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting, launching 2015, will hold digital files of 40,000 HOURS (!) of footage and audio tape that contain the second half of the American 20th century as it unfolded. Think entire episodes of Mister Roger's Neighborhood and Julia Child's The French Chef.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Feb 10, 2014 8:00am
Forum: audio Subject: Re: Hippie-Race to Save America's Public Media History

Re: "I have found many vectors via which a historical fact can gain on that power, to rise up from the past and just knock the breath out of you. Every now and then a play can do the trick; other times, a book or film, historical fiction or fact. Sometimes, all it takes is an image." ...or better yet, here's my Ampex story for The Archive. It's a freaked-out, hippie-essay about my funky electronics career!

Ampex made the first commercial audio tape recorders

- in 1947 Bing Crosby invested $50,000 in Ampex -
Bing Crosby and the 12-channel prototype "Bing Crosby video tape recorder"

Ampex invented the video tape recorder in 1955